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Mailing Address: Warwick Township Historical Soc PO Box 107 Jamison PA 18929 In the early evening of 10 August 1777, eleven thousand Continental and militia soldiers are marching up York Road towards the Cross Roads with Bristol Road [Hartsville, PA] on their way to Coryell’s Ferry [New Hope, PA] to camp four miles across the Delaware River.
General George Washington receives a dispatch from John Hancock, President of the Second Continental Congress, placing the 260-vessel British fleet, hauling 17,000 troops under General William Howe, fifty miles south of the Delaware Capes [May & Henelopen] on 7 August. Unsure and wary of Howe’s intentions, Washington immediately halts his force to encamp around the bridge over the Little Neshaminy Creek in Warwick Township, Bucks County. Knowing the area and having ridden through only ten days earlier, he selects the substantial stone dwelling of Widow Moland as his Head Quarters on the farm north of the bridge. An invasion force from Canada, led by British General Burgoyne, is advancing through central New York. Howes’ large fleet was last reported heading eastward from the mouth of Delaware Bay. What are his intentions? For eleven sweltering summer days, Washington frets as no further intelligence arrives about the fleet. A Council of War on 21 August in the Moland House concludes Howe is heading south to attack Charleston, SC. The encamped army is ordered to return through New Jersey to assist the Northern Army against Burgoyne’s invading forces or attack New York City. But two dispatches arrive within the next few hours which place Howes’ fleet sailing up Chesapeake Bay. On 23 August 1777, camp breaks at 4 a.m. The Patriot troops march back down York Road towards Philadelphia in a dash to the Chesapeake. A skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge below Newark, DE; battles at Brandywine, Germantown, Paoli, the struggle for the forts along the Delaware River, a stand-off at Whitemarsh, and retiring into winter quarters at Valley Forge soon follow. During the winter, Pennsylvania militia will range through this area striving to impose a land blockade on trade with the British in Philadelphia. The Continental Army will return to Bucks County in June 1778 on their way to confront Royal forces at Monmouth Courthouse, NJ. During this encampment at the Moland House, nineteen year-old Marquis de Lafayette arrives to present his papers to General Washington. A life-long friendship has begun. On 21 August, Casimir Pulaski appears at Head Quarters with his credentials. Later during the winter, Pulaski will work to forge the Continental cavalry. “Light Horse Harry” Lee is acquitted at a court-martial held in the nearby Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church [since rebuilt]. Legend has it that the thirteen-starred “Betsy Ross” flag was first unfurled at the “Cross Roads near Neshamini Bridge”. This is the legacy of the Moland House.
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Please join us for a tour of our Colonial Garden narrated by Murrie Gayman. Included in the video is how to purchase an engraved brick to be placed in the garden, as well as ideas for prom and wedding pictures.
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The Warwick Township Historical Society mourns the passing of Mr. Ken Barlow, a long-time member, volunteer and officer of the Society. Ken joined the board in 2001 and was elected Vice President in 2002, an office which he held for the last eighteen years.
Ken not only served as Vice President, but was also Chairman of the Facilities Committee making sure all of the mechanical systems in the Moland House were working properly. He was also a docent who loved nothing more than teaching the fifth grade kids who came to the Moland House as a part of their study of the American Revolution. He and his beloved wife Lorraine even cleaned the house, washed windows and kept us stocked with paper towels!
During the restoration it was Ken who supervised the installation of the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems including HVAC, fire sprinkler, and burglar and fire alarms.
Ken taught chemistry, physics and biology before entering the newly developing computer industry where he taught programming and computer operation. He then became a Computer Systems Analyst, a job which took him around the world and included stints with the Pentagon, NORAD, and a number of high-profile technology firms.
Ken was a multitalented man who was a loyal volunteer and a good friend to all in the Moland House family. He will be greatly missed.
Happy Hanukkah to all our friends celebrating this week.
This year we have the honor of placing our Christmas Tree in Pearl Buck's kitchen during the Festival of Trees. That allowed us the opportunity to decorate her table as well. The trees will be on display from Nov 14 through Dec. 31. Please call ahead for tickets and reservations at 215-249-0100.
Our picnic grove is open for fall picnic lunches and don’t forget your bikes. The newly paved path leads to Memorial Park and Safety City.
It was a beautiful day to enjoy the new walking path that passes through our grounds. While we are not open for tours, QR codes are available throughout the property to give you an audio tour.
Join General Washington, General Lafayette, and Colonel Hamilton as they discuss the Siege of Yorktown, the subsequent surrender, and what this could mean for the future of America.
Robin Robinson Bucks County Recorder of Deeds
Here is the story of original Deed Book 1. Thank you Bucks County Chapter, DAR - Doylestown, PA.
Hope you enjoy!
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Heart to Hearth Cookery
This year my Puhwen (Lenape white flour corn) is about a month behind as I am just now harvesting a few ears for green corn. (Only a few as I need to have most mature to have seed for next year and to interpret hominy.) With the pandemic, there have been no festivals or events for my interpretation of giving thanks for my maize (corn) so I am posting pictures of my 2020 Puhwen with pictures from prior events of my preparing two types of green corn bread.
Please drive by and check out our new flags. They look especially nice at night when illuminated.
Thomas Jefferson considered the French Revolution a sequel to the United States’ struggle for liberty, and thanks to the five years he spent in Paris in the 1780s, he had a front-row seat on the coming of this watershed moment in French history. Indeed, Jefferson was in Paris for the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.
Join us this Tuesday, July 14, at 1:00 p.m. EDT for a special Bastille Day conversation between Thomas Jefferson, interpreted by our own Bill Barker, and the Marquis de Lafayette, interpreted by Colonial Williamsburg’s Mark Schneider. These veteran historic interpreters will discuss their lifelong friendship, experiences during the American and French Revolutions, and views on democracy, slavery, and freedom.
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A crumbling architectural marvel from 1804 in Warwick needs a savior.
Happy Flag. We hope you enjoy the beautiful weather.
Craven Hall Historical Society
Looking to have some good, old-fashioned colonial fun? We are! Check out our latest blog article, "Popular Pastimes in 18th Century America," as part of our blog series, "Colonial Life: How Our Ancestors Lived During the 18th Century."
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Happy Memorial Day. May we remember those that sacrificed their lives for our country. Pictured are grave markers of soldiers who perished preparing to cross the Delaware and surprise the Hessians in Trenton. They can be found on the PA side on the Canal Path.
The 8-arch Stone Bridge in Warwick, Pa.
During that busy day an important visitor showed up at headquarters. Count Pulaski was received at the Moland house with a letter from Benjamin Franklin, introducing him as a gentleman of “character and Military Abilities.” Noting that Pulaski “takes this from me, as an introductory letter at his own request,” Washington dispatched him with introductions to President Hancock and George Clymer.
Pulaski’s arrival was also welcomed by Lafayette, for he had brought the first letter the Marquis had received from his wife Adrienne since his departure from France in June. They had one child, Henriette, and were expecting a second; so the young man was eager for news. (Thirteen Days in August by Helen Gemmill) https://allthingsliberty.com/2020/05/casimir-pulaski-and-the-threat-to-the-upper-delaware-river-valley/
Join "America's favorite fighting Frenchman" LIVE on Thursday!
SAVED FROM THE AUCTION BLOCK: Bucks County museum recovers two sets of artifacts missing since the late 1950s
DOYLESTOWN >> The Mercer Museum, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society, has recently recovered two sets of long-missing artifacts from its collections.
With the daffodils in bloom, the Moland House makes a perfect place to take a walk. There is plenty of space to practice social distancing and a nature trail marked with QR codes.
The Moland House Tea scheduled for April 19th has been cancelled. Also, all scheduled Open House Tours have been cancelled until further notice. We look forward to the day when the Covid-19 crisis has come to pass, and we can once again open the doors of this extraordinary historic home to all. But until then...please be well.
The Moland House Craft Show that was scheduled to begin on March 25th has unfortunately been canceled.
I'm sorry to announce that we are CANCELLING the spring show. There is too much risk and we want everyone to be safe. Please help to get the word out by sharing this post. Our next event is Crafts In the Barn
We hope that goes off without a hitch. Stay well and safe!
Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, March 8th between 1 and 4.
County sends 62 record books, including those containing the manumission of slaves, to a company in Vermont for restoration.
Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, February 9th from 1 to 4pm. (Pictured: Moland in 1942)
Moland House will be open for tours on Sunday, 1/12 from 1 to 4.
Historic Preservation at Bucks County Community College
Ever wished the walls of your historic house could talk? They do! Join historic preservationist Kathryn Auerbach and the Bucks Historic Preservation program for a one-week course on site at the Mercer Museum this January! Students will learn how to speak the "language" of old houses, reading for clues in their walls, windows, hardware, fixtures, and materials. Special behind-the-scenes tours of Museum collections will show students what to look for in their own homes to unlock the secrets your historic house wants you to know. Email [email protected] for more information and to register!
Today is the last day of the Moland Christmas Craft Show. We'll be here until 5pm. There are also house tours from 1 to 3pm. Come on out and enjoy our festive atmosphere!
Crafts At Moland House
Do you need some ornaments? We have some beautiful and reasonable ones! Here till Saturday so come with your friends! Can’t find what we have at the Mall!
Crafts At Moland House
Open and ready for you!
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